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PLATT BRIDGE is a settlement in the Metropolitan Borough of Wigan
Metropolitan Borough of Wigan
, Greater Manchester
Greater Manchester
England, 2 miles (3.2 km) south of Wigan
Wigan
town centre along the spine of the A573 road . Historically part of Lancashire
Lancashire
, the area is now a residential suburb of Wigan. The first mention of Platt Bridge
Platt Bridge
in documents occurs in 1599. The name comes from "plat" or "platte" meaning a foot-bridge.

Platt Bridge
Platt Bridge
borders Abram , Bryn
Bryn
, Bamfurlong, Hindley and Ince-in-Makerfield
Ince-in-Makerfield
. Platt Bridge's border with Bamfurlong is marked by the Leigh branch of the Leeds and Liverpool Canal
Leeds and Liverpool Canal
.

Two railways pass through Platt Bridge; one, the West Coast Main Line , the other a disused industrial line. Platt Bridge
Platt Bridge
had a railway station on the Manchester and Wigan
Wigan
Railway line that closed in 1969.

Two schools in Platt Bridge, Low Hall County Primary School and Saint Nathaniel's C.E. Primary were closed and amalgamated into a new school Platt Bridge
Platt Bridge
Community School, designed by NPS and opened in November 2006. It is a modern 'state-of-the-art' extended school. In addition there is a Sure Start
Sure Start
children's centre, a family centre and a children's and adults' public library. On the site, there is a primary care trust health facility and a housing office.

There are four churches in the area: the parish church St Nathaniel's (Church of England
England
), built in 1905; Holy Family an Independent Methodist
Methodist
Chapel ( Methodist
Methodist
); and a Church of Christ (Churches of Christ ).

On 31 May 2012, the Olympic Torch precession passed through Platt Bridge en route from Stoke-on-Trent
Stoke-on-Trent
to Bolton
Bolton
.

SITE OF SPECIAL SCIENTIFIC INTEREST

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* ^ Platt Bridge
Platt Bridge
Town Centre Management * ^ Olympic Torch Relay

* " Bryn
Bryn
Marsh ">(PDF). English Nature. Retrieved 2007-02-25. * " Platt Bridge
Platt Bridge
Town Centre Management". Wigan
Wigan
Council. Retrieved 2

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